It’s November 1st and thus Movember has begun, meaning I’m shaving off my beard and mustache for the first time in 20yrs. I’m 35 so that means since I was 15 or ever since my little stache started to grow back in the day I have a clean face. Why the moustache? To raise awareness for men’s health. So last night, I did it. I cut it all off for Movmeber but I’m not alone. Thousands of men across the world are also participating and I’m on TeamRDU lead by the awesome GreggoryNG. You can see our entire team here: http://www.movemberrdu.com. It’s not to late to join the Movember movement but if you’re not up for shaving you can still support by helping me raise money here or to teamRDU here.
It was a painful process but I did it. Here’s short video of the process.
About Movember from Movember.com
The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.
Want to see more? Check out our Mo-Intro video by clicking on the image below: